#1045: 2015, Ezra Furman, Can I Sleep In Your Brain

by George_East on November 7, 2015

I’ve been to a lot of gigs over recent weeks, covering pretty much the full range of live music experience: from the scuzzy stripped back rock n roll of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the suitably flea-pit-y Electric Ballroom, the peerless energy of the Sleaford Mods, the religio-hippy sex mysticism of Father John Misty, right the way up to Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall, where the security was so precious that bollockings were administered to fans taking photographs of an empty stage before the Bobster started his two sets.

The best of the lot though was Ezra Furman a couple of Thursdays back at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.   Furman has gone from cult artist to minor indie star in a very brief period of time, largely as a result of the success of his third: Perpetual Motion People.

He was playing the tiny Lexington in Pentonville Road as recently as May this year. In a two hour set that broke the curfew, Furman put in a blisteringly entertaining set, that has resulted in my having his album on almost constant repeat ever since.

This song was, for me, one of the highlights:

‘Can I sleep in your brain tonight stranger

Can I rest my bones in your head

I won’t make too much noise whilst I stay here

I just need some kind of shelter’


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